Don Hobbs gathered a pile of schedules, slipped them into a folder and added them to some binders to be taken home for study last Friday, after perhaps the most challenging two weeks he’s faced as DODDS Pacific athletics coordinator.
The winter sports seasons’ start is on hold at the moment, while DODDS Pacific schools’ athletics directors and coaches scramble to adjust schedules in the wake of a directive to cut the length of seasons and number of scheduled games.
What would Ana Hernandez have said if she’d been told as a sophomore, when she suffered from injuries and growing pains, that she would win the Far East High School Cross-Country Meet not just once, but twice, as a junior and senior?
Fred Bales has coached football for more than three decades, during which time his teams have graduated several prospects into college ball, with two, Penn State’s Michael Haynes (Bears) and Baylor’s Daryl Gardener (Dolphins), making it to the NFL.
Tyshon Butler felt like things were slipping away. Though the score was tied, Kubasaki teammate Jarrett Mitchell was sidelined after a helmet-to-helmet hit following an interception, but momentum still seemed to be on Kadena’s side.
Bamiyan, a picturesque but deeply impoverished province in north-central Afghanistan, has remained largely peaceful since international forces left earlier this year, but now a neighbor’s instability is making life difficult for residents.
Less than an hour’s drive from the sleepy city of Bamiyan, with its giant Buddhas, nascent tourism industry, and zero foreign troops, this rugged mountain district in what many consider the safest province in the country has quietly become a tense battleground between government forces and insurgents. It may provide a peek at what Afghanistan faces in a post-NATO world.
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